Forthcoming Services at St.Matthew's

Service Time
Sunday 1st May
All-age Communion*

11.00am
Sunday 5th May (Acension Day)
Joint Service of Common Worship Communion at St John the Baptist, Church.

7.30pm
Sunday 8th May
Common Worship Communion

11.00am
Sunday 15th May (Pentecost)
Common Worship Communion

11.00am
Sunday 22nd May (Trinity Sunday)
Common Worship Communion

11.00am
Sunday 29th May
Common Worship Communion

11.00am
Sunday 5th June
All-age Communion*

11.00am

Children's Church is always available at the 11.00 am service at Morley and at Smalley on the first Sunday of the month.

THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH

Our new Priest's Easter Sermon (shortened)

Is there any difference between the Christian and the non-Christian who tries to lead a decent life? What makes the Church different from any other dogood organisation? If we can't answer that question today we should close down. There are other organisations and religions that are distinguished by their sense of suffering. There are other organisations and religions that are distinguished by their mission. There are other organisations and religions that are distinguished by their spirituality. No other organisation or religion has the distinction of being a forgiven and forgiving community. No other organisation or religion is built upon a belief in a resurrection. The whole Christian religion and our investment in it depends upon belief in Jesus' resurrection. There's no point in following a dead Lord.

Last Sunday you were told that I'm to be your new [part-time and unpaid] parish priest. Legally I'm to be "Assistant Curate" because Lisa is still Rector; I'm to be known as "Associate Priest" because for the time being she is handing over to me all powers (or rather responsibilities) so I can do things like chair the PCC.

What would I like to see happen in that time? It seems to me that both St Matthew's and St John the Baptist's need to enjoy the difference between confidentiality and secrecy; if something is confidential I promise to keep it so; but I don't do secrets; they lead to rumours (true and false but you never know which) and misunderstandings; cloak and dagger meetings behind people's backs will not play a part in my ministry.

Of course I would also like both churches to be fuller; some have left; you know who they are so you are the people who may bring them back. If they've happily settled in some other congregation, then so be it; but if they've given up on the Church of God, then please try to bring them home. We all come to church for a variety of reasons; others stay away for a variety of reasons. Those reasons must never be about the personality of the priest or organist or warden or whoever. It is not our job to be for or against any of them. It is our job to be for or against the Risen Lord.

Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

The Very Revd Geoffrey Marshall